Adversity is something that at first blush, we might want to shy away from. After all, who wants to put themselves in a situation that bucks the status quo and generates feelings of stress and anxiety?
But, in reality, adversity is something to be welcoming of, if not outright welcomed. When faced with it, rather than cringe, we should clap.
Facing challenges is something that we all need to do in order to become better. After all, we can’t see growth unless we have something to learn from.
And, we won’t learn anything if we don’t do something different, or if we shy away from a new challenge.
Adversity, by itself, is nothing more than an opportunity to be exposed to something new. True, there are adverse situations that are incredibly negative, and that knock the focus and motivation right out of our systems.
But, if we can recover from these situations, and if we can keep taking a few steps forward, even if we’re forced to also take a few steps back, we can come out of the adverse scenario better, stronger, and more poised to effectively learn and lead.
While it’s true that we don’t want to be faced with adversity every moment of our lives, we do want to come face-to-face with challenge regularly enough to keep improving.
If given the choice, I would take the learning associated with overcoming adversity over the lack of change brought on by the status quo.